2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: Desert Road Trip
March 22, 2013
Sometimes, you need to get out of town. Last weekend was one of those times. Our 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 shuttled a carload of us to the Calico ghost town outside of Barstow, California. There, the Jeep stood witness to the sort of stuff that happens when a bunch of guys head out to the desert for a weekend.
The Grand Cherokee SRT8 was a great choice for this trip. Gear for four fit into the back well enough that we could still hide it with the cargo cover. With the second row seats at a slight recline, rear passengers sawed logs without interruption. And thanks to the steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, my fingertips could easily tune them out with just a dose of radio volume.
Our time off-road was limited to maintained dirt roads through BLM land, so the Jeep was not put to any test. But this car isn't really built for off-pavement adventures. So aside from the occasional clearing in the road, we kept the dust clouds to a minimum. At no point during the trip did we need any more than the Jeep Grand Cherokee could offer. The Jeep proved to be a good companion for a weekend of blowing off steam.
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 21,516 miles